BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - The announcement of Airbus building a plant in Mobile has rightfully excited a lot of people across the area. That includes many folks in Baldwin County who are looking to get involved.
The plans to build a 15,000 square foot Aviation Training Center here beside the Sonny Callahan Airport in Fairhope would bring a boost to the area.
Terry Wilhite with the Baldwin County Public School System said the project would train young students and adults in aviation technical skills.
"What students will be able to do is to get hands on training in a world-class facility, so they'll have an advantage when they go to apply for jobs at Airbus and other airplane businesses in the area," said Wilhite.
Blake Bossard knows what the facility would mean firsthand. He went through two years of aviation training before landing a job in the field.
"It was really beneficial. It gives you a good foundation to go on and a lot of firsthand experience. It's a great idea to go to school to get grounded in the aircraft," Bossard said.
However, Wilhite said plans for the new facility are now on hold. He said interest re-negotiations and the need to re-file paperwork has delayed the project.
"We've got to go back and dot some I's and cross some T's. That did slow us down a bit but not significantly. We're still looking to be ready with this facility by January in Baldwin County," said Wilhite.
Bossard said while the aviation training one would receive while at one of these facilities is perfect for working on aircraft, the general knowledge you get that can be applied in other fields is invaluable. He said he hopes the issues can be worked out as soon as possible.
"With this new facility that's being built, you'll get those skills in school and get go back to the tech school and follow up on them. I'd say it's a really good deal," Bossard said.
Officials said accounting and legal specialists are currently working over provisions in the center's contract but no specific time table is set.
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